Topics Covered In This Article
- Three Common Types Of Forums
- Navigating To Forums
- Forum And Discussion Subscription
- Creating A New Forum Discussion Topic
- Display Period
- Saving Draft Posts
- Replying To A Discussion Post
- Discussion View Options
- Forum Tracking
- Forum Preferences
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Three Common Types Of Forums
There are three common types of forums that you will use in your courses:
- News forums are special read-only forums intended for instructors to post important course information. You will automatically be subscribed to news forums; any posts will be emailed to you, and you will see a short summary of news forum messages in the latest news block.
- Class forums are general forums that allow you to create posts and reply to the posts of others.
- Team forums are similar to class forums but are limited to those members of your team.
Navigating To Forums
To navigate to a forum, you can either click on the forum on the main course page or click on Forums in the Activities block, which will list all forums in the course. The Activities block is in the right column on the main course page.
After clicking on Forums in the Activities block, if you have forum tracking turned on–which it is by default–you will see the number of unread posts, which forums have tracking enabled, and which forums you are subscribed to.
Forum And Discussion Subscription
- Click on Forums in the Activities block (explained above), and click on No in the Subscribed column to toggle it to Yes, which will indicate that you are subscribed to the forum.
- Navigate to the forum you want to subscribe to and under the gear menu in the top right click on Subscribe to this forum.
- Navigate to the forum, and for the discussion you'd like to subscribe to click the button in the Subscription status column which will turn into a check mark to show that you are subscribed.
- When you're viewing a discussion you may subscribe to it by clicking the subscribe button in the top right corner.
- When you are replying to a post, you may tick the Discussion subscription box to automatically subscribe to the discussion once you submit your post.
Creating A New Forum Discussion Topic
Display Period (Post Date A Post)
Use this setting to set a time and date for when a forum post should appear.
Notifications - Email notifications for future dated posts will be sent out on the specified date and time. The email will also show the specified date and time, however, in the forum post the date and time will be different showing when the post was actually written and saved.
Before a course starts - If you would like to set up a forum post before a course opens, set a display period so that notifications do not get sent out before the course start date.
Saving Draft Posts
If you are not sure that you are ready to submit your post, you can save a draft of your post by clicking the Save Draft button.
On the main forum page, you can use the View my drafts button to restore or delete your drafts. If you have saved drafts, you will be prompted to load a draft when creating a post.
Replying To A Discussion Post
Discussion View Options
Nested is the default. It will show you the content of the original post and the full content of any replies nested beneath it.This keeps the original post and replies to it in context and allows you to read them in sequence.
Threaded shows the original post and only the subject of any replies. Clicking on a reply will navigate to the full reply, displaying only replies to this message underneath. You can move to the parent of this message by clicking Show parent.
Flat forum will display all posts chronologically either oldest first or newest first.
Forum tracking shows which forums have new posts, which discussions have new posts, and which posts are new. Forum tracking is enabled by default. How to turn forum tracking on and off is discussed in the article Moodle - Updating Profile & Preferences.
Forums on the main course page will display how many unread posts all their discussions contain.
Discussions will list how many unread posts they contain.
Unread posts will have a highlighted background at the top.